Best places to visit in the south Nashville

Why Nashville is Country Music to My Tone Deaf Ears: A Nashville Photo-essay with a crappy broke iPhone

Best places to visit in the south Nashville

Best Places to Visit in the South? Nashville, dur.

For how much I have traveled and lived abroad in the last 7 years (90 something countries – Ukraine, Colombia, Australia, Luxembourg, Thailand etc.), I have not done a very good job of venturing out in my own neck of the woods (see: America). It is not that America doesn’t have sweet spots to travel to; they do, especially in the epic nature category. But I seem to always be on the west coast circuit (Seattle, San Francisco, LA, Vancouver) with the occasional one nightstand with New York leaving me with an empty wallet. When non-Americans ask me what are the best cities to visit in the USA, the general inclination is to blurt out the aforementioned spots, and maybe toss in some hedonism in Las Vegas for good measure, but the truth of the matter is, I think one of the best places to visit is the South when in the American heartland. Call it a yearning for something different, perhaps the girls in Dixie shorts and cowboy boots that say ‘ya’ll’ play a role, or maybe it is just a vibe in the air, but the South, specifically, New Orleans, Austin, and Nashville, I think have some serious cool shit going on.

Nashville is one of THE best places to visit in the South, Fo’ Real Ya’ll.

I spent a week in Austin Texas this past summer, and like the lazy blogger that I am – or perhaps more politely to myself – slightly distracted fighting a multi-national corporation who hijacked my identity, I didn’t think to do a photo spree or write about how great Austin is. Shame on me. I have yet to visit New Orleans, but Austin – oh sweet baby Jesus, is one of the best spots in America right now. I didn’t fair much better in the thinking department when I visited Nashville for the KEEN Digital Summit to speak because, well – I don’t do the whole “top ten things to see and do” in xyz destination, as I am too busy living in the moment, or in this specific case, knee deep in whiskey and live music. So to break my horrible streak of poor travel blogging form, I will in the least share some of the photos I took in Nashville via my super professional photography skills via a two-year-old iPhone via a camera that works only half the time. So if you happen to be planning a lastminute trip to the America, and have heard horror stories of airport security getting more familiar with you than your last lover, or equally amusing, if you have been to New York, and had a native there tell you kindly to go ‘fuck yourself’, then I implored you, before you rule America out as a complete den of assholery, give the South, and its legendary southern hospitality a spin. It will be worth it. I am not the only blogger who thinks so. Honest Injun.

WARNING: I probably don’t need to say this, as if you have stuck around my site this long, you aren’t hur for the photography skills – not unless blurred and incomprehensible is your thang.  But I tried my best, and in America, that means you get a trophy and unearned parental phrase anyhow. So, back to the story: Why Nashville is one of best places to visit in the South. Period.

Nashville Unplugged

Nashville Johnny cash mural

Country Legend – Johnny Cash

The Grand Old Opry. Many Legends are born here.

The Grand Old Opry at the Ryman. Many Legends are born here.

 

Nashville famous Ryman

Upclose and person at the Ryman

 

Ryman in Nashville

The Ryman Stage

Fun Fact: When Elvis made his first appearance here with his Rock ‘n’ Roll swagger and played a cover of another artist. He received no love from the crowd. The backstage manager told him:

You should look for a new line of work son. You will never make it in this biz

The artist he covered ended up liking Elvis’s version so much, he remade the song to Elvis’s version. Elvis attended many concerts at the Ryman (Grand Ole Opry) but never played there again.

Despite the Ryman, you will always be the King in my book.

Despite the Ryman, you will always be the King in my book.

 

Thanks for the Mic, Elv...

Thanks for the Mic, Elv…

Didn’t stop me from jammin’ there with my boy Stephen though.

Can't go wrong here

Can’t go wrong here

Love

Love

Oh and why again is Nashville one of the best places in the South to visit? Best late night bar food I have had in awhile.

Best late night food I have had in a while.

Best late night food: Fried Chicken wing, burger and beers.

How can you not love a place that give you a gigantic Ranch pump dispenser? Unlimited, for FREE - chew on that Europe.

How can you not love a place that give you a gigantic Ranch pump dispenser? Unlimited, for FREE – chew on that Europe.

 

This is called "Bar Snacks" in Nashville. Who doesn't love bacon?

This is called “Bar Snacks” in Nashville. Who doesn’t love bacon?

Did I mention it was "2 for 1" beers?

Did I mention it was “2 for 1” beers? Yes Sir.

 

Can't go pub crawlin' and dancing without some boots in Nashville

Can’t go pub crawlin’ and dancing without some boots in Nashville

I like them lizzards

I like them lizzards

And other reptiles (note - good boots are like $2000 upwards)

And other reptiles

Note: Good boots are like $2,000 and upwards, a small price to pay for some nice swagger.

The best live music....everywhere you turn.

The best live music….everywhere you turn.
Beautiful iPhone work. That blurred UFO on stage is in fact a singer rocking out

Beautiful iPhone work. That blurred UFO on stage is in fact a singer rocking out

And of course, Nashville is world renown for it’s amazing live music. Best I have ever heard. Oddly enough, it reminded  me of the vibrant music scene in Cuba, where no where you go, no matter how small a venue, the live the music is unbelievable. Which brings me the local populace. Like being in L.A. where every person you meet is an aspiring actor, well in Nashville, everyone in Nashville is an singer. I mean everyone. Case in point, Karaoke at local dive bar…dive trailer – Santa’s Pub – has people rock the mic that can rock your socks off.

How can you not love a 'pub' that is in fact a trailer, that has some of the best live singers around, $2 beers, and a bouncer that looks like Santa - or a guy in the mountains who makes moonshine?

Santa’s Trailer Pub Decor

Lady with an amazing voice in a smoke filled trailer with $2 brews. Love.

Lady with an amazing voice in a smoke filled trailer with $2 brews. Love.

How can you not love a ‘pub’ that is in fact a trailer, that has some of the best live singers around, $2 beers, and a bouncer that looks like Santa – or a guy in the mountains who makes moonshine? [Santa/mountain man photo no included, or the kids might not get presents this xmas].

Santa's pub price list. No, it is not 1995.

Santa’s pub price list. No, it is not 1995.

For good getaway measure

For good getaway measure

 

And you can’t talk about the best places to visit in the South without having a little bit of whiskey entering the picture.

Getting it started in Nashville right

Getting it started in Nashville right

Nashville is mighty scenic ya'll

Nashville is mighty scenic ya’ll

The Fermenter

The Fermenter

Ah, this is where you come from?

Ah, this is where you come from?

Meet the fellas

Meet the fellas

A blogging diva sips his fine Whisky

A blogging diva sips his fine Whisky

Do you guys have togo bags?

Do you guys have togo bags?

Kicking it old school

Kicking it old school

 

Old Boys Club playing Duck Dynasty meets LA trendy

Old Boys Club playing Duck Dynasty meets LA trendy

 

But don’t you worry all you non-drinkers out there or high society, cultural folk. Nashville’s got you covered.

Nashville's little slice of SF/NYC Euro-ness

Nashville’s little slice of SF/NYC Euro-ness

cafe creme nashville

 

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Best marketing campaign ever

Best marketing campaign ever

To bring you another commercial.

How they say 'Good Morning' in Nashville

How they say ‘Good Morning’ in Nashville

And if that wasn’t enough to convince you that Nashville is one of the best places to visit in the South, then here is one last reason.

Turner barr
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Hi, my name is Turner. I travel the world, hustle to find interesting jobs, and write about what happens when you read too many self-help books.

5 Comments
  • Rashad Pharaon
    Posted at 22:27h, 15 November

    Great photos, even with the broken iPhone. Nashville has the best music scene in the country!

  • Camels & Chocolate
    Posted at 08:27h, 16 November

    I’m so glad you liked my city! That means we have a good chance of coaxing you back in the future 😉

  • A Southern Gypsy
    Posted at 18:52h, 16 November

    I’m so glad you loved my hometown! I may be biased, but it really is one of the best cities in Nashville and just keeps getting better! 🙂

  • jamie
    Posted at 17:30h, 19 November

    Nashville and Austin have both been on my radar for a hot minute now. If only for the friedstuff’s but I like to pretend it’s to experience America outside of the NY/Vegas/LA loop.